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3/4 - sized Mittenwald violin, Neuner & Hornsteiner, 1877
This excellent 3/4-sized violin, that was built in the renowned Mittenwald workshops of the Neuner & Hornsteiner company in 1877, is a piece of rare quality in surprisingly well preserved condition. There can be no doubt about the provenance of the instrument, that is revealed as a work in best Mittenwald craftsman tradition by the attractive scroll. The regular, medium grained spruce of the top is a precious tonewood and typical for this region in southern Germany; presumably it is so-called "moon wood" that was harvested in the Karwendel mountains during specific lunar phases. The maple that was used for the two-piece back is of premium quality, too, and features a flaming that is both fascinatingly mild and soft. The flatly arched model was built in best craftsmanship throughout and covered with a red-brown varnish that is strongly patinated. Besides patination and some minor repairs the violin is excellently preserved and was carefully worked over in our atelier, and made ready to play. This violin features a strong and mature sound, well-balanced and matured, with great potential for demanding young musicians.
Maker: Neuner & Hornsteiner
Length of back: 34.1 cm
Tone: Clear, strong, matured